I just discovered a wonderful designer on Etsy, Sarah Dible. Sarah makes a fabulous line of jewelry out of recycled materials, which she calls EcoLoops. Here's some information in Sarah's own words:
"I have had a serious dilemma with the amount of junk mail that I have to recycle. I have signed up with Green Dimes to try to limit how much gets sent to me but I am still getting more than I like. What can I do with all the paper waste and junk mail I receive other than send it to recycling? I have wanted to create something with it for quite some time and have tried a few things and they just weren’t quite what I liked or wanted until now. I have started making jewelry and earring discs with this junk mail that has been piling up. I have used many things like cereal boxes, mail order catalogs, post cards and the top to the oatmeal canister to create these abstract designs on these jewelry discs. They are constructed with non-toxic adhesives and glazes and are all made out of recycled paper from my home. They are lightweight and have a beautiful finish."
How brilliant is that?! And the earrings are not only earth-friendly but oh-so-pretty and affordable to boot! Check them out here and here.